Jun 5, 2013
Had my first beach outing of the year. Went to the Jersey shore. The season hadn't really started yet, so the beach was nice and empty. Hurricane Sandy had apparently knocked down every other house on Long Beach Island. Miraculously they were all rebuilt better than before. The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, recently said that he had no proof that global warming played any part in Hurricane Sandy flooding Manhattan and wrecking the Jersey shore. Even though a storm of this magnitude never hit the city before and combine that with all the tsunami's, tornadoes, hail storms, floods, twisters and other over the top weather events occurring on a weekly basis, he seemed to imply it was just another rain storm. Given that he doesn't think global warming had anything to do with it, then he must believe nothing has to be done with the way humans treat the planet. Deep down, I think he is a normal person and knows well enough that global warming played a big part in what happened. The problem for him is that he is a Republican and may run for president. This means he can't say he believes in global warming and that we should do something about it. If he did, the anti-science believing conservatives would make sure he couldn't get through the primary. His plan for New Jersey moving forward when the next tsunami hits the shore and knocks down every house, is to tell the people to go ahead and rebuild but not to worry because it was just another rain storm. Business as usual. The planet will also go about doing what is seems to do best now too. Expect the Brooklyn Battery tunnel to flood again. Lower Manhattan will be shut down once more. Half the homes on the Jersey shore will be swept out to sea. Maybe that will be the right time when we can ALL agree to do something about global warming.